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PlayOn: Watch Hulu, YouTube, CBS, CNN, ESPN, and Netflix on your TV using your HR20?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by cnmsales, Nov 23, 2008.

  1. oldschoolecw

    oldschoolecw HarpoonIPA

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    Thanks for the info, I am looking forward to getting it installed and yes I will use the 14 day trial first. I installed Tversity over the past few days and find it so so. I understand PlayOn will be an upgrade over that with access to NetFlix and HULU.
    Thanks again
    Richard
     
  2. mfeinstein

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    The only issue I have found with PlayOn is that you have to select something to play twice before it will play. The first time you try to play some content, it seems like the DVR times out before PlayOn gets the content streaming. The second attempt almost always works, but occasionally I have to try three times. I never have this problem when using PlayOn with my PS3, so this seems to be an issue with the not-officially-supported DirecTV DVRs. Once the stream gets going, it works very well.
     
  3. oldschoolecw

    oldschoolecw HarpoonIPA

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    I have been playing around with this PlayOn software since last night and it would be AWESOME if it worked for me. I have to select what I want to watch on Netflix twice the first time it cant find device then I select it again and it finds it. Once I select a movie I sometimes have to select it twice also. Once movie starts, it plays for about 3 seconds, then pauses for about 5 seconds and this happens throughout entire movie on every movie I select.

    It does the same thing on HULU and YouTube videos as well.

    I can with the VOD feature on my HR20 start downloading a standard definition show and start watching it within 45 seconds without any pauses what so ever. So I think my connection is not the problem, any help by you geniuses would be grateful.

    I have also tried different settings with the PlayOn software, the only problem I see could be my PC processor speed which is 1.8 GHz and is highlighted in yellow in the setting on the PlayOn software. I am also trying all videos in the low setting in the video performance settings.

    Thanks in advance for any and all help
    Richard
     
  4. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

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    This is probably a big part of your problem. More so if the CPU is pegged at 100% while PlayOn is streaming something. How much memory do you have? Hopefully 2 gig, anything less is a problem.
    And if you're using a wireless connection, try wired, it should help as well.

    I wouldn't recommend anything less then a dual core, gotta have a dual core, and 2.4 ish ghz or higher.

    My wife's computer is a 3.0 ghz but only single core. It has issues with being able to stream PlayOn. My dual core 3.0ghz however has no issues and I can be playing a hog of a game at the same time and it won't even blink. Having two cores really does make a huge difference.

    One thing you can try is to pause the program after it starts and leave it paused for a couple minutes giving it time to cache up, then start playing. That may help.

    Good luck.
     
  5. oldschoolecw

    oldschoolecw HarpoonIPA

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    I do have 2 Gigs, my processor is an AMD 3000+ Athlon 64 processor which equals 1.8 GHz.

    I did try pausing it like you said and what happens is after about 40 seconds my wireless bridge stops flashing so I guess there is no buffering. My plan is to buy a ROKU or a BLU-RAY player with the ROKU/NetFlix feature built in.

    Thanks,
    Richard
     
  6. dave29

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    I would say that your problem is a combination of your processor and network.
     
  7. xmguy

    xmguy New Member

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    My Hulu and Netflix access stopped working last week and hasn't worked since. Worked for months now it's down.
     
  8. RAD

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    Just tried Hulu and Netflix on my H21 and no problems, works as usual sometimes get the folder empty on Netflix but just try it again and it works.
     
  9. lparsons21

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    There's a new update out to fix that issue.
     
  10. lparsons21

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    It has been a mixed bag on the HRs. Some have been pleased with the performance, others not so much.

    Color me not so much as all too often when trying to use Playon with my HR21-700, it locks up requiring a reset. Frankly the performance on my PS3 is just so much better I quit bothering with the HR.
     
  11. xmguy

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    I have the latest SW. for PlayOn.
     
  12. lparsons21

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    Then you've got some other issue going on. I've been watching both Hulu and Netflix most of this evening using Playon with no problems whatsoever.
     
  13. bolizar

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    I have a theory of what is going on with Netflix. Netflix seems to require a larger buffer than the other video websites. So much that it is on the edge of the DVR timing out and then locking up before Playon starts streaming video.

    Now I had the issue where everything was working except Netflix. I have a 7 meg download and I have the dvr hooked up to the network with wireless N ethernet bridge. My computer has more than enough resources.

    The next question was why is some peoples hookup with netflix was working and others not including mine. Taking everyones network out of the equation, that left the internet. What is the key component on the internet that can make things faster. Your ISP DNS. I personally know that some ISP DNS are not programmed with their customers best interest in mind.

    So I decided to use OpenDNS, this fixed my problem with Netflix and increased the speed of my internet throughput. I have no association with OpenDNS and trying not to sound like a sales guy but it is free.

    Here are OpenDNS IP addresses. Write down your original DNS IP addresses in your router and replace them with the following.

    208.67.222.222
    208.67.220.220

    If everything is good with your network and you are still having problems. Try this, It will probably fix your netflix issue.

    Bol
     
  14. xmguy

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    Here is the interesting part. I can still stream CBS just fine. So it can't be an issue with my over all network.
     
  15. lparsons21

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    I think that CBS's stream is easier to handle. My reasoning is that with Boxee on my AppleTV, CBS is one of the very few that is smooth and not jerky. Hulu and most others are very jittery to the point of unwatcheability. I can only offer this anecdotal info as at least some kind of proof.

    I usually use the PS3 for Playon streams 'cause it just works better, but I did a little viewing this morning from my HR21 and everything was fine once it started the stream.

    Here's my setup :
    Playon running on an iMac, 2.4Ghz dual-core, with Parallels/WinXP, 2GB RAM allocated to it. The streams come to the iMac wirelessly and are distributed that way to everything. My DSL speed is 3Mbit.

    I'm running the PS3 and HR21 on 802.11g (54Mbit).

    I have tried it all with a wired network with no improvement in performance.
     
  16. xmguy

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    My setup is as follows. Dell Inspiron 530 custom. 2.2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 Gb RAM, 250 GB HDD (about 40 Gb left) R22-200 DVR wired to a WRT54GL running DD-WRT v24. Internet Charter, 10 Mb DN / 1 Mb up.
     
  17. RAD

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    I just tried Netflix again using my slowest system, HP Pavilion dv5000 laptop, AMD Turion64 running 1.Ghz, 1GB RAM, 37GB free on harddrive and connected via 802.11g wireless which windows says has a 32Mbps connection. ISP link is TWC/RR 15Mbps down/2Mbps up.

    As usual may need to click through the nothing in folder messages a couple times but it's always done tha for me on Netflix on the DirecTV receivers.
     
  18. lparsons21

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    That should be plenty of power for Playon. In my setup, I'm only using one core for the Parallels/XP part.

    Do you have another computer on your network? If so, you could try the Playon stream with XBMC or somesuch to see if it works that way. That would eliminate Playon and your network as the issue. Leaving only the R22 as a possible issue.
     
  19. bonscott87

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    I'll note again that if you have a PS3 or Xbox then I suggest use that for streaming Playon. They are both officially supported and should work better overall (while the DirecTV receivers are not officially supported, thus may have issues for some people). Official Wii support is coming soon as well.
     
  20. bolizar

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    I was not thinking the Netflix issue was about the computers or networks. It has to do with how your ISP's DNS is setup. Once I switched my DNS, my Netflix issue went away.

    On the Directv side, if Directv would adjust the timeout by about 15 seconds, I think the mediashare for streaming video would be more reliable.
     

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